Creation vs. Evolution
There will be a Saturday class starting September 20th that runs for 7 weeks. The topic of Creation vs. Evolution will be covered in depth each week. Please read the attached for in-depth information about the class.
Church members of First Baptist Church surround our pastor with daily and weekly prayer. Each Sunday they gather in the pastor’s office to pray during the worship service. They pray for the prayer cards turned into the offering plate that week and they pray for the people and the pastor while the Word of God is being proclaimed.
A vibrant ministry for those who are 50 and older at First Baptist Church.
Legacy meets on the second Saturday of each month at 6 pm at the church.
Here is the information on the upcoming Legacy meeting.
To keep up with all the planned events at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids check the church calendar here
Thomas Watson was a gifted preacher and writer in England during the 1600's. He loved the well-known verse: Romans 8:28. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
"Lord, what are you doing?" How often have we said this to ourselves or aloud? It comes down to whether I trust in His wisdom. As Paul says in Romans 11:33, Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! And that after two chapters of teaching on God's sovereign election and human responsibility.
The Lord wants me to be amazed at His wisdom. Throughout scripture He demonstrates this in the lives of His people. Joseph, for example, could not rise to influence and save the nation until he passed through a dungeon. Jonah's life, for example, would not have been spared unless he was swallowed up. Even the evil hatred of the Egyptians was the means of God's deliverance of His people from Egypt. The Apostle Paul, for example, had to wear chains in order for the gospel to spread.
Kathy Gleeson and her husband Matt moved to the Eaton Rapids community 18 years ago. "I work in Lansing, and my husband works in Jackson," said Kathy, a lawyer with the State of Michigan Attorney General's office. "We wanted to live in the country and found a house with several acres." They have two sons, Benjamin, 14, and Griffin, 12.
For the past eight years, the Gleeson's have been attending First Baptist Church. "Daryl Dienhart knew that I was looking for a church and suggested this church," she said. "He assured me that the Church was 'not the crazy Baptists.'"
What does Kathy like best about First Baptist Church?
"We actually open the Bible and analyze the words. Pastor Scott provides the context of what was going on at the time the passage was written and what it likely means. He can translate historical accounts into messages that apply to everybody. The Church family is very friendly. There have always been opportunities for my children to be involved and learn. The Church does not receive direction from a larger organization. The members and the leadership in First Baptist decide how things are run. We do very few things that require rote memorization."
Islamic State militants seized control of the "Christian capital of Iraq," Qaraqosh, and nearby Christian villages last night. The land grab sent has sent an estimated one-fourth of Iraq's remaining Christians fleeing.
"An exodus, a real via crucis ... [Christians] are walking on foot in Iraq's searing summer heat towards [salvation in] the Kurdish cities of Erbil, Duhok and Soulaymiyia, the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women among them," a regional Christian leader told AsiaNews. "They are facing a humanitarian catastrophe and a real risk of genocide. They need food, water and shelter."
Qaraqosh, Iraq's most-populous Christian city at 50,000 people, is in the province of Ninevah, 18 miles southeast of Mosul, where CT recently reported the Islamist takeover of Iraq's second-largest city. The move brings IS (formerly ISIS) on the border of Kurdish territory. (The Telegraph maps where Christians are concentrated in Iraq in relation to other religious groups, and The Guardian maps where the militants have control of the region.)
LEWISTON, Maine — Recently, several hundred members of Holy Trinity Church watched pastor Jeremy Woods eat breakfast, work on his sermon and make a Starbucks run. Woods had just joined a growing group of pastors who are broadcasting their lives 24/7 on the Internet.
"When I first heard of going live I thought, 'This is the future of pastoring but I'm not sure I like it,'" Woods says.
But after a month he says he "totally digs it."
"It's the next step beyond blogging or even live blogging," he says. "It's about sharing life."
The trend is believed to have started in 2004 when Rick Givens of New York's West Side Church decided to make himself "more accountable and accessible" by webcasting every waking moment live. But his pioneering effort has forced other pastors into awkward decisions.
Fall Bible Study Dates
Various bible studies will be starting back up soon. Below are the individual dates/times.
Women's Bible Study - On Tuesday's, starting September 2nd at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall
Men's Bible Study - On Wednesday's, starting September 3rd at 7am in the Fellowship Hall
JAM (4th-6th Grade) - On Monday's, starting September 8th at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall
For all those that enjoy reading their future, follow this link to read your Horoscopes.
Youth Group (7th-12th grade) 6-8pm (Every other week during the summer)
Prayer Meeting 7pm
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